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					                              Love The Lord Your God

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind, with all your heart, with all your
soul and with all your might. And these words which I am commanding you this day
shall be first in your own minds and hearts. You shall sharpen them to make them
penetrate, and teach them diligently upon the minds and hearts of your children, and
you shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and
when you lie down and when you rise up’ (Deuteronomy 6:5 to 7).

‘And now, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God,
to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul’ (Deuteronomy 10:12). ‘Therefore you shall love the Lord
your God, and always keep His statutes, precepts and commandments’
(Deuteronomy 11:1). ‘Listen and heed My commandments – to love the Lord your
God and serve Him with your whole heart and soul’ (Deuteronomy 11:13). ‘Diligently
keep all these commandments which I commanded you to do; to love the Lord your
God, to walk in all His ways and to cleave to Him’ (Deuteronomy 11:22). ‘Keep all
these commandments which I commanded you this day; love the Lord your God and
walk always in His ways’ (Deuteronomy 19:9). ‘The Lord your God will cleanse your
hearts and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your
hearts and all your soul, so that you may live’ (Deuteronomy 30:6). ‘Obey the
commandments of the Lord your God which I commanded you today, to love the
Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes
and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless
you’ (Deuteronomy 30:16). ‘Love the Lord your God, obey His voice and cling to Him,
for He is your life and the length of your days’ (Deuteronomy 30:20).

‘Take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses charged you;
to love the Lord your God and to walk in all His ways and to keep His
commandments and to cling to Him, and unite with Him and to serve Him with all
your heart and soul’ (Joshua 22:5). ‘Cling to the Lord your God … It is the Lord your
God Who fights for you as He promised, so be very watchful of yourselves therefore,
to love the Lord your God’ (Joshua 23:8 to 11).

‘O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, Who keeps covenant and
loving-kindness and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments … ’
(Nehemiah 1:5). ‘O Lord, the great and awesome God, Who keeps covenant, mercy
and loving-kindness with those who love Him and keep His commandments … ’
(Daniel 9:4).

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all
your mind. This is the greatest and the most important commandment’ (Matthew
22:37 & 38). ‘You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment’
(Mark 12:30). ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your strength and with all your mind’ (Luke 10:27).

When we carefully read over these verses, we can see that loving God is not an
option – it is a commandment. We can also see that the Lord is our God. If we love
anyone or anything more than the Lord, then that person or thing is our god, but if we
love Him with all our might, then He is our God. If we join together the subtle
promises that are woven within these verses, we can see that the Lord is trying to
teach us more than just the command to love him. It is the first, greatest and most
important commandment given to mankind because we will be spending eternity with
Him. Imagine how difficult it would be, to spend so much time with Him if we didn’t
get along with Him. That is why people who reject God could not live comfortably and
peaceably in heaven, so on judgement day, they are sent out of the Lord’s presence
forever. Starting from the verse written at the top of the page; We are to obey God
and love Him, and we are to teach our children to love God. We are to make this
command an all consuming aspect of our lives. We are to discuss our love for God
when we are at home, when we go out, when we lie down in bed, and when we get
up again. That takes in every waking moment of our lives.

After we have established our all consuming love for Him, then the Lord goes on to
command us, with just as much commitment, to diligently serve Him, keep His
statutes, precepts, ordinances and obey His every command. We are to listen to
Him, walk in His ways, cleave, adhere and cling to Him; completely unite with Him. In
return, the Lord will cleanse our hearts and the hearts of our children, our
grandchildren etc. He will bless us and we will multiply. That is both in the physical
and the spiritual. People will be able to have children and they will bear spiritual fruit,
but we have to make Him our whole life and He will become our breath – or the
length of our lives on earth. The Lord promises to fight for us, as long as we take
care to love and obey Him.

Then for those people who keep the covenant the Lord has made with us, we read
that He keeps mercy and loving-kindness for those people. That is very special. His
mercy is kept for us. His loving-kindness is just for us – for those of us who love and
obey Him. He is the great and awesome God Who offers us a covenant, then He
blesses those who adhere to it. Cleaving to God is more than just a religious ritual. It
is a complete and total commitment to loving God the Father and also the absolute
acceptance of the blood covenant offered to us by Jesus the Son. If we don’t love
Jesus in the same way as we love the Father, then Jesus said God would not be our
Father. ‘If God was your Father, you would love Me and welcome Me gladly, for I
came from God’ (John 8:42). Furthermore, if we want God to love us, then we have
to love His Son. Jesus said that God loved the disciples because they loved Him and
believed He came from God. ‘For the Father Himself loves you because you have
loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father’ (John 16:27). If a person
loves Jesus, then God the Father will love him, but we have to love and obey Jesus
first. ‘The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who really loves
Me; and whoever loves Me will be loved by My father, and I too will love him and will
show Myself to him (make Myself real to him). If a person really loves Me, he will
keep My word and obey My teaching; and My Father will love him, and We will come
to him and make Our home with him’ (John 14:21 & 23). Yet long before we ever
learned to love God, while we were still lost in our sin, He sent Jesus. ‘God shows
His love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Jesus our Messiah died for
us’ (Romans 5:8).

We are called to do His will and once He has set His love on us, and we cleave to
Him, nothing can separate us, and we are to love other believers with the same
commitment. ‘All things work together for the good of those who love God and are
called according to His will and purpose’ (Romans 8:28) … ‘for nothing in all creation
will ever be able to separate us from the love of God, that is with us in Jesus our
Messiah’ (Romans 8:39). ‘If a person truly loves God, then he is known by God’ (1
Corinthians 8:3). ‘If anyone believes that Jesus is the Messiah, he is a born-again
child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the child born of Him. By
this we know that we love the children of God; when we love God and obey His
command. For this is the love of God – that we keep His commands, and His
commands are not grievous; not a burden’ (1 John 5:1 to 3).

If we can understand and listen to what was written in the Old Testament and
repeated by Jesus in the New Testament, it will help us understand the full meaning
of loving our God. The command to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and
strength, Jesus said, is the first and greatest commandment coming just before we
are told to love our neighbour as ourself. This type of listening to God is not just with
the ears, although it begins with the ears, but it is to listen, to pay attention then obey;
follow the instructions as written in the scriptures and we are also told to love people
around us. ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself … The stranger who dwells
with you shall be to you as one born among you; and you shall love him as yourself’
(Leviticus 19:18 & 34). ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ (Matthew 22:39;
Mark 12:31).

What happens to those religious people who attend church but refuse to love and
obey the Lord? There is a difference between going to church to warm a seat for an
hour or two on Sunday; and having a deep and spiritual relationship with God the
Father through our Messiah Jesus. This is what Jesus Himself said about religious
people: ‘Woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe but disregard justice and bypass the
love of God … Woe to you, Pharisees! For you love the best seats … Woe to you
Pharisees! For you are like graves which are not marked and men walk over them
and don’t know it’ (Luke 11:42 to 44). ‘I know you and understand that you do not
have the love of God in you’ (John 5:42). ‘They will be lovers of self, rather than
lovers of God, for although they have a form of Godliness they deny the power of
God. Avoid all such people and turn away from them’ (2 Timothy 3:2 to 5). People
who refuse to love God are warned. Jesus said “Woe” to them. In other words, they
are doomed unless they repent of their sins and turn to God. Just sitting in church
and being religious is not enough; neither is claiming a religion as one’s own,
enough. How many hundreds of people think that claiming to be a Catholic or an
Anglican or a Presbyterian or even a scientologist is enough to get them to heaven?
Yet they rarely attend church, never give God any of their time, and the only time
they say the name of Jesus, is as an expletive. Even worse are the idol-worshippers
such as Hindu’s, Buddhists and Muslims. People like that will never enter the
Kingdom of God unless they repent. Just simply claiming a religion is not enough.
That is not loving Jesus and God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. Jesus
said ‘woe’ to them.

We tend to bypass the words ‘heart and soul’ fairly quickly. Many think that it means
we should love God passionately with our emotions, but that is not what it means.
Most certainly, loving God does involve emotion, and we can become quite teary and
emotional at times when we draw close to Him, but that is not all it is. We are to love
Him with all our heart (emotion), all our mind (understanding, thought and intellect),
all our soul (life) and all out strength (physical obedience; what we do to serve Him).
Loving God with our soul, means that we should love God with our whole life – our
whole being. Loving God with all our soul or life, is opposite to being a two hour a
week Christian who sits in church and warms a seat, or someone who is involved in
an empty religion that leads to ‘woe’. Finding a way to squeeze God into our lives as
a religious afterthought, is exactly the opposite of what loving God with our whole life
means. Furthermore, it is the thought that we should love God even to the point of
sacrificing our lives for Him. Jesus Himself did that for us, and that is what Jesus is
calling us to do. To be acceptable to God, we are to be ‘living sacrifices’. That means
we are to live wholly for God, to consciously commit ourselves to loving God, if needs
be, to the point of death. ‘I appeal to you, to make a decisive dedication of your
bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God which is your reasonable
service’ (Romans 12:1). ‘After Jesus had appeared in human form, He humbled
Himself further and carried His obedience to the extreme of death – even the death
of the cross’ (Philippians 2:8).

Jesus loved the Father, and He listened, paid attention and obeyed Him. Jesus loved
us with all of His life and soul, right up until He breathed His last breath. ‘Before the
Passover Feast began, Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this
world and return to the Father. And as He had loved those who were His own in the
world, He loved them to the very end’ (John 13:1). Jesus loved us with His whole
heart (He loved us enough to die for us), with His whole life and soul (He gave up His
spirit for us), with His whole mind (He made a conscious decision to willingly go to
the cross for us), and with all His strength (He poured out His blood for us as a
sacrifice) so we need to love God with the same total commitment. ‘O what incredible
love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God! And so
are we!’ (1 John 3:1).

Amen and God bless you.                     www.bibleabookoftruth.com

				
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